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The Gunners made it three wins on the spin after narrowly beating the Magpies at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil in the second half sent Arsenal on their way to taking all three points.
But it was Torreira’s inclusion in the second period that certainly brought out the best in Unai Emery’s team.
And speaking last night, Newcastle supporter Shearer admitted the midfielder was the difference between the two sides on the day.
“They (Arsenal) certainly deserved the win, they were much the better team in the second half,” Shearer said on the BBC’s Match of the Day.
“Torreira made a difference when he came on at half-time.
“The difference that was he looked forward so quickly.
“Every time he got the ball his first thought was ‘Can I move it forward?’ and there was so much more movement ahead of him where there wasn’t in the first half.
“That was the big difference.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was also impressed with the Uruguayan star, who he claims must be played by Emery from the outset.
“I am delighted for Torreira, because he wants to get the ball forward he wants to attack and get players forward that can hep hurt the opposition,” Wright added.
“That’s why I wanted him to play [from the start].”
Speaking after the clash, Emery admitted his side still had work to do despite their upturn in form.
He said: “We are improving. We need to continue working individually and collectively to improve more things.
“In the first half we didn’t control like we wanted but the second half we were better and the victory is just.
“We need to improve and score more individually.
“We need to work, every player – not only the attacking players but the midfielders and centre-backs from set-pieces.”